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Establishing Williams as a legitimate interior presence may have been concern No. 1 for the Buckeyes this year, but the next biggest question was creating an offensive identity after the departure of Deshaun Thomas.
Unfortunately for Matta, this hasn’t been answered nearly as much to his liking as the Williams question.
LaQuinton Ross, who many expected to assume Thomas’ responsibility as the go-to guy, has forced the issue thus far. His shot selection is lacking to say the least, which is the main reason he is only averaging seven points a game on 24 percent shooting.
The question that needs to be answered before conference play begins is whether he is truly capable of carrying the offense or if this needs to be a by-committee approach where the Buckeyes simply go with the hot hand on each respective night. Or perhaps someone like Shannon Scott, who took over the second half of the Marquette game, fills that role?
What’s more, the three-point shooting is even worse than last year. Scott is shooting 31 percent from downtown, which incredibly enough is second on the team behind Lenzelle Smith Jr. How reliant on the long ball the Buckeyes will be in Big Ten play is another factor in the offensive identity issues that need to be worked out.
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